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Libya Takes Leap Toward Wifi Web Access


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Libya Telecom & Technology, Libya's only internet service provider, is launching a major commercial wireless network that it claims will be among the most advanced in the world, reports the BBC.

The effort, known as WiMax, has only been unrolled at a grand scale within a handful of countries. WiMax coverage in Libya will commence with 18 cities, and include a mobile access feature.

WiMax enables users with USB-ready laptops to connect to the 'net within 30 miles of any WiMax tower. The new network will be able to support 300,000 subscribers, with business clients taking priority next week, and individual customers following the week after.

While its intention is to "bridge the digital divide," the BBC suggests most Libyans will not be able to afford the swank new technology. Libya Telecom & Technology is pricing the service at about $30 per month — twice the existing broadband cost — although rates are expected to drop with time.

WiMax in Libya also requires a one-year advance payment of about $400, including the cost of a USB unit.

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